It would appear that the Leaf’s Tennessee manufacturing facility is having a positive effect on sales. In April the Leaf sold 1,937 vehicles versus Volt’s 1,306. Year-to-date sales are Leaf = 5,476 and Volt = 5,550. Very close with the Leaf sales really picking-up in the past two months.
The Green Car Report is estimating Tesla Model C sales in April at 2250 to 2500, making it the biggest seller. Tesla does not report monthly sales so this figure is subject to change.
For the other plug-ins in the sales race, The Green Car Report offers the following:
Tiny Battery Cars
As for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a flurry of sales in January and February that averaged almost 300 cars each month ended in March.
April sales of 127 cars improved on the dismal March number of 31 cars sold, but it remains unclear if the electric minicar will remain above its historic rate of about 50 cars a month.
Finally, either this month or next, the 2013 Smart Electric Drive–the lowest-priced plug-in car in the country–will go on sale, adding to this year’s totals as well.
Plug-in hybrids: chugging along
The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid was last year’s second best-selling plug-in car, but it’s been on a downward trend this year.
In April, just 599 were delivered, for a year-to-date total of 2,952. That’s the lowest monthly sales number since the very first month the plug-in Prius went on sale, in March 2012.
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid logged 55 deliveries in April, more than its total of 45 deliveries in the three months since it went on sale in January. Sales are rising as Honda cautiously rolls out its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle in California.
Sales are looking up but Obama’s 2011 State of The Union target of 1,000,000 EVs on the road by 2015 wont be achieved. Obama has since backed off on that promise, but just for the record , I post it again to remind you how “hopey changey” fades in the face of reality.